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SSRIs Linked to Serious Birth Defects

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2013 | Articles

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In recent years, many problems with the anti-depressant drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been the subject of many lawsuits, alleging serious and potentially life threatening life effects. In particular, the use of SSRIs by pregnant women has been linked to an increase of certain birth defects in their newborns. If you or a loved one took SSRIs during pregnancy and had a child that was born with a congenital birth defect, you may be entitled to substantial monetary compensation. The law office of Makarem & Associates is currently evaluating cases for clients that may have claims as a result of injuries caused by SSRIs and is available for free consultations.

What are SSRIs?

SSRIs are a class of anti-depressant drugs that are thought to work by inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin into the brain, thus elevating mood. They are used to treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  The following are names of commonly prescribed SSRI antidepressants:

  • Paxil
  • Prozac
  • Luvox
  • Lexapro
  • Celexa
  • Zoloft

SSRI Side Effects

Several recent studies have linked the use of SSRIs in pregnant women to serious birth defects in their newborn.  In order to determine whether you or your child is suffering from side effects related to the use of SSRIs, you should have your case reviewed by an experienced SSRI attorney. If your child has suffered from any type of birth defect that you believe may be linked to the use of SSRIs during pregnancy, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of income, or punitive damages. Some of the most commonly reported complications in newborns exposed to SSRIs include:

  • Hypoplasia
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension
  • Omphalocele
  • Heart murmur
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Mitral valve defects
  • Spina bifida
  • Cleft lip
  • Clubfoot
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Hypoplastic right heart syndrome
  • Pulmonary atresia

Contact Makarem & Associates For a Free Consultation

Injuries caused by SSRIs can lead to serious complications, some of which may require long term care and treatment.  If you took an SSRI while pregnant and your child is suffering from a birth defect, you may have a claim against the manufacturer of the antidepressant you were taking. The law firm of Makarem & Associates is dedicated to helping individuals injured by SSRI antidepressant drugs recover. Working with The Lanier Law Firm, we are committed to obtaining the highest possible settlement or award for each client we represent. In order to schedule a free consultation, contact our office today at 310.312.0299 or via email at [email protected].